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Sunday March 23, 2008
Vol. 42 - No 43
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Political Column
  Fire over foreign policy fiascos
  By Our Political Editor
  The flood of pious pronouncements, voluminous media releases and high-pitched propaganda seem to have failed to drown mounting accusations against the Government by foreign nations and international organisations over human rights abuses and related issues.
5th Column
  Across the East, the sun shines, and there’s no more......
  By Rypvanwinkle

My dear Mahinda maama,

Situation Report
  Nayaru fireball: Sea mine or human torpedo?
  By Iqbal Athas
  If there was a lull in the battlefields of Wanni due to heavy rains, the fighting shifted to the high seas. Before dawn yesterday, six Navy Dvora Fast Attack Craft (FAC) were on patrol in the north-eastern seas in formations of two each.
  The guilty, and the innocent until proven guilty.....
  By Chandani Kirinde, Our Lobby Correspondent
  This Government has a simple yardstick by which it measures media freedom in the country. "Read the Sunday papers and look at all the articles criticizing the President and the Government.
The Economic Analysis
  Who would disagree with the JVP on public expenditure?
  By the Economist
  The JVP’s current views on the government’s expenditure are right on track with the thinking of international agencies, economists and all right thinking people. They have become strange bedfellows with the JVP.
Focus on Rights
  'After all, they are only arresting Tamils'
  By Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

My neighbour confided to me in an aside the other day, that she was not sure what the fuss was all about anyway. "After all' she said 'they are only arresting Tamils, are'nt they.'

Inside the glass house
  How many deaths will it take to end the war?
  By Thalif Deen at the united nations
  As most Americans lamented the fifth anniversary of the US war on Iraq last week, the resounding cry of the peace activists reverberated throughout the country: "Bush lied, people died."
Thoughts from London
  Reporters without sense and senseless reports
  By Neville de Silva
  The Paris-based organisation that calls itself Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers) has surely been misnamed. It should have read Reporters Without Sense, a more accurate description of the manner in which it functions and reports events in countries other than its own.
  Tissa: I don’t know why I am being held
  By J.S. Tissainayagam
  On March 8, around 3 a.m., about five TID officers took him to his residence and searched the premises till 4 a.m. The police officers found a copy of the North Eastern Monthly Magazine which they took with them. Mr. Tissainayagam said he was asked to take some clothes with him before leaving the residence.
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